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Make Family Memories at the Houston Zoo

March 4, 2024 By CityPASS

The Houston Zoo is a must-do for animal lovers of all ages. Filled with a diverse assortment of species ranging from anacondas to eastern bongos (a rare African antelope), it is an excellent opportunity to see hundreds of animals from all over the world in an engaging environment. The family will love spending time with friendly Houston Zoo animals, while you enjoy the savings of sightseeing with Houston CityPASS® tickets!

Houston Zoo Animals

There are 17 exhibits at the Houston Zoo and over 600 species of animals. Make sure to check the website before your visit to see which exhibits are open so you can make sure you see all your favorite animals during your time at the zoo!

Houston Zoo Exhibits Include:

  • Hamill Foundation Black Bear Exhibit: Watch Belle and Claud – two orphaned black bears rescued from California – explore and play in their newly redesigned home.
  • African Forest: Wander down a path that leads you to exhibits hosting animals such as chimpanzees, Masai giraffes, southern white rhinoceros, and more, all of who reside peacefully in a painstakingly recreated African environment.
  • Bird Habitats: There are 800 birds from over 200 species here, warbling and chirping with unabashed enthusiasm.
  • Bug House: Creepy crawlies galore! Learn all about the vital role invertebrates play in our ecosystem – and how to take an eco-friendly and responsible approach to eliminating these so-called "pests."
  • Carruth Natural Encounters: Inside the climate-controlled building, you'll get to see animals from various habitats including desert meerkats, red-bellied piranhas from the sea, and the rainforest-dwelling endangered golden lion tamarins.
  • Explore the Wild! Nature Play Area: Children will jump at the opportunity to unleash their inner animal and run wild in an area designed to facilitate imaginative play.
  • Giraffe Feeding Platform: Snag a crunchy lettuce snack to give to the lovable family of Masai giraffes during their twice-daily designated feeding times.
  • McNair Elephant Habitat Area: Admire the lumbering, yet surprisingly graceful, proboscideans in their habitat that includes a massive 160,000-gallon pool.
  • Reptile and Amphibian House: Rainbow-hued frogs and venomous snakes rule the roost in this fascinating exhibit.
  • Sea Lion Habitat: Catch the daily show (the schedule is available inside the park) or gaze at the adorable sea lions as they swim in their pool or laze on the beach.
  • Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands: This exhibit boasts three native Texas species (American alligators, bald eagles, and whooping cranes) that have made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, thanks to local and national conservation efforts.
  • Wildlife Carousel: Children and adults alike will enjoy the whimsically painted creatures on this amusing zoo ride.
  • Wortham World of Primates: Wander down a snaking boardwalk to admire some of nature's most intelligent animals, including black howler monkeys, orangutans, and siamangs (vociferous Asian simians.)
  • Galapagos Islands: Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes and wildlife of this legendary island chain and discover the importance of conservation in this immersive experience.
  • South America's Pantanal: In this exhibit you'll enter an immersive trail with rustic eco-lodges found in the Northern Pantanal region, and encounter animals like giant anteaters and tapirs native to the tropical wetlands of Brazil.

With so many exciting exhibits to choose from, make sure to download a Houston Zoo map before you visit so you'll be able to navigate the park easily.

Houston Zoo Parking and Directions

Directions to the Houston Zoo can be found on the official site. Free parking options are limited to lots in Hermann Park, (which fill up quickly, so it's best to arrive as early as possible). Overflow parking is available on weekends and shuttle buses transport guests to the park. Visitors can also access the park via public transportation (like the METRORail) or rideshares.

Houston Zoo Admission Fees

If you're planning on visiting some of Houston's other top attractions such as the Houston Zoo, you can save some serious money with Houston CityPASS® tickets. Along with a Houston Zoo discount, Houston CityPASS® tickets will save you on admission costs to other beloved spots like the Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and more.

Visit the Houston Zoo for Less With CityPASS® Tickets

If the Houston Zoo is on your list of must-see attractions, why not save money on admission so you can see even more of the city? CityPASS® tickets give you deep discounts on Houston hot spots including the Downtown Aquarium, Space Center Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science and more!

Nearby Lodging

To get the most out of your stay in Houston, we recommend finding lodging near Houston's top attractions like the Houston Zoo. Use this map to find the right lodging for you:

Header Image © Lori Herlin, courtesy of Houston Zoo

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